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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:21 pm

Sun Fin wrote:Another Labour MP resigns, citing antisemitism, considering his adopted parents he has a lot of legitimacy and that he isn't joining the independent group at the current time will help his case I think.


It arguably should but Ian Austin has long been known as a Corbyn critic on things like economy and national security so he is being filled under (bar Berger) as wicked evil Blairite denying Corbyn his imminent victory and planning to sacrifice babies :wink: I don't think, due to the long running criticism of Austin to Corbyn, it will be seen anywhere near Berger level despite his family background.

I think failure to join the new grouping will be seen as a blow to them, that they aren't the auto group for Labour leavers.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Fri Feb 22, 2019 5:26 pm

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Sun Fin wrote:Another Labour MP resigns, citing antisemitism, considering his adopted parents he has a lot of legitimacy and that he isn't joining the independent group at the current time will help his case I think.


It arguably should but Ian Austin has long been known as a Corbyn critic on things like economy and national security so he is being filled under (bar Berger) as wicked evil Blairite denying Corbyn his imminent victory and planning to sacrifice babies :wink: I don't think, due to the long running criticism of Austin to Corbyn, it will be seen anywhere near Berger level despite his family background.

I think failure to join the new grouping will be seen as a blow to them, that they aren't the auto group for Labour leavers.


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-Government business for next week adds 29th of February, Leadsom jokes she put in on Wishart's paper so he would think she was going to propose, Brennan suggests we move Brexit date to then. Leadsom warns Easter Recess may also be cancelled depending on events

-Abbott May not being honest on Brexit, Hammond says prospect of no deal is focusing minds and encouraging compromise, Barnier say this week of talks has increased his worries about no deal happening

-Papers concentrating on Brexit split with I (formerly Independent) saying Lib Dems have offered the new group an election pace

-Hollyrood passes it's budget after SNP deal with Scottish Greens

-May meets Greening and Dr Lee, Abbott says she hopes independent group will work with Labour on issues

-Ian Austin says Labour are tougher on those that complain about anti-Semitism (Labour did a investigation into him when he confronted Corbyn on this last year), generally (bar Williamson who says Austin was no loss and was becoming an embarrassment), Labour MP's seem sad but the harder line ones may simply be off today. Labour leadership response so far has been "byelection please" (he has majority of 22), Corbynite activists say Austin can't be concerned bout racism because he supports tougher immigration rules. Hodge says Austin going should be wake up call, press expecting more to follow the 9 out if Corbyn doesn't make changes, seems some councillors quit today but 30-50 is small in the grand scheme of things.

-Charlotte Edwards interviews McDonnell on Brexit, past, priorities and an interesting segment on anti-Semitism where he is more Watson then Corbyn.

-Siobhan McDonagh says resignations from others have seen her getting abused even more this week, remarking "Wondering if any of the Labour members behind the constant wave of abuse I’ve received this week have questioned whether they are vindicating the claims of those who’ve left – that our Party is being consumed by a culture of bullying and intimidation. It’s not a great look.". Has warned Labour she may quit if they don't deal with anti-Semitism

-Watson retweets Dalai Lama's "The source of a happy life is within us. Troublemakers in many parts of the world are often quite well-educated, so it is not just education that we need. What we need is to pay attention to inner values." and mentions "Always there with a helpful phrase at the right moment"

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-Andrew Percy says 30 Tory MP's would rebel against no deal

-Some unhappiness at Soubry suggesting May has a nasty history with immigration

-Clive Lewis with a thoughtful speech on anti-Semitism

-John Redwood disagrees with the three defectors view on party and ERG

-Shuker says they are willing to give May a confidence and supply deal but would require second referendum

-Peter Kyle with quite the put-down to Williamson and politics live guest Eleanor Penny who had launched into Austin and others as he reminds them not to dehumanize people


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-Timothy Garton Ash warns frustrated EU not to just "get Brexit over with"

-Ed Conway frustrated with Brexiteers and Remainers trying to Brexit narrative the complex econimic news

-John Ashmore feels Housing Committee's report into high street could have been bolder
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sat Feb 23, 2019 7:05 pm

-Smeeth says her heart is being broken day by day by the abuse she gets, Berger admits she has had to have security at times lists some examples of anti-Semitism she gets: face on rat, pig comparisons, agent of Mossad, in employ of Israel, Zionist, Star of David imposed on head, face put on Nazi images, #filthy Jew b word. Labour can't be said to be taking the issue seriously when they reneged on promise to adopt the international definition, Labour NEC member recorded calling Jewish Rabbi's complaining about anti-Semitism Trump fanatics, anti-Semitic remarks lead to "sanction "of being reminded of the rules.

Jewish Voice For Labour (a Corbynite group formed in 2017) says Corbyn is an ally against anti-Semitism, British Board of Deputies says that goes against the actual experiences of Jewish Labour members and says the 200 are the usual anti-Semitism deniers who are being disrespectful of Berger

-Clark, Rudd and Gauke says they are willing to break the whip and vote for a Brexit delay, Francois wonder why Hammond didn't sign the letter, Convey hopes Ireland never has to use it's 70 page emergency no deal legislation (has been noted it doesn't say anything on border but it does bar British drivers from road unless they have EU based driving license)

-D'Arcy's potentially seismic Week Ahead

-Times saying Labour want to appoint Lord Falconer as anti-Semitism surveillance commissioner, Telegraph says Hancock is warning cap on care costs will lead to major tax rises

-Labour would give workers the right to choose their working hours from their first day in a new job but employees can reject the suggested hours if they have reasonable grounds

-Watson says of Austin "I didn't want him to go, not just because he is a friend but because Labour needs people of his experience, calibre and passion if we are to win, Corbyn has said when he returns from Europe he will have word about Watson's comments and there is no bullying problem (I can only assume he hasn't seen McDonnell's comments), it gets dealt with quickly by Labour.

-Lord Adonis accused of "testing the patience of the House,"

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-Andrew Carlo being Remain doesn't make one a centrist

-Forsyth (sun) defections damage Corbyn more then May, Cox will be key on Brexit, May losing support
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Sun Feb 24, 2019 6:46 pm

-May calls for focus on getting Brexit through when end is near and they can't thwart Brexit, says they mustn't deselect MP's for having different Brexit views and also seems to be referring to the three no dealers who Brexiteers want sacked. N.Ireland minister John Penrose fears Brexit delay is a trap to kill Brexit

-Tugenhadt wants new treason law

-Thornberry says defectors have betrayed voters, would be crushed by by-elections, the new group "cuddle up to Tories on the benches", would die rather then join new party. Corbyn says he is sad to what has happened and what has been said but walking away helps nothing, Berger says Labour has betrayed promise to protect jobs by Brexit stance and she has had public support in her constituency, that Thornberry's speech shows a toxic culture she is glad to leave. Khan worst week he has known as a Labour member and must do more on anti-Semitism

-Gove says admiration for Allen remains undimmed and sorry she has left, hopes they will return some day, doesn't believe ERG have taken control of party, would have done all he could to have persuaded them to stay if he had known, no active deselection going on and needs to be room for people like Boles as well as Rees-Mogg, Watson moving and generous on Labour's problems. Important not to treat those opposing no deal as heretics, would be inappropriate to fire the cabinet three for genuine concerns, says government won't go down tariff route that retailers fear but no deal will impact food costs, referendum was not a mandate for no deal as Brexiteers argued there would be deal.

-Watson says Berger was bullied out, Labour members need to understand why Labour suffered big blow of people leaving if they are to have any chance of winning, warns others may leave unless action taken, got 50 complaints of anti-Semitism from MP's this week alone and Corbyn needs to take a personal lead on this including interventions and take charge, British Jewish community should be the ones to judge if Corbyn has passed this test and not Labour or it's members, reforms haven't been enough, "dying is overatted" and they need to try to understand why people are leaving. Pluralism has broken down with social democrats feeling sidelined, though he points out Coup against Corbyn did not help them there, so may form group to try to make them feel represented if Corbyn won't reshuffle to broaden front-bench. Might join People's Vote march, he and the entire leadership team have failed to hold party together

-Morgan not happy at Bank of England paygap

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-Gordon Brown wants Brexit delayed a year for citizens assemblies

-Heidi Allen says if the new group rush, they will fall quickly and need to get infrastructure right

-Media anointing Umunna as leader of the new group

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-Cohen thinks more will leave Labour as they see the freedom of the breakways

-Paul Goodman unhappy with the three cabinet ministers breaking policy but warns election not right answer to Brexit problems

-Paul Hutcheon new grouping won't work
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Mon Feb 25, 2019 7:06 pm

-Corbyn backs second referendum (subject to how votes go on Brexit deals), not sure if that will be enough for it to win in Commons (and might put some Tories off), suspicion will be he has been pushed into it by threats of other MP's resigning (despite the fears it would weaken such chances), will put forward own Brexit deal and back the "rule out no deal" amendment, however it is committing to back Remain and Berger argues it is just restarting policy from conference.

-May plays pool, with help of Barwell and Conte, with Italian prime minister Giuseppe Conte, she sets 12th March as deadline for meaningful vote which has not gone down well with business or opposition MP's, denies she has problem with immigration and wants to stay on for domestic agenda after Brexit, senses determination in EU to get things done, against delaying article 50, refuses to say she would sack rebelling cabinet ministers. Convney rules out reopening withdrawal agreement but say they will seek to offer UK reassurances, they can't compromise on peace but willing to be very flexible on next stage of talks, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz says would be good idea to postpone Brexit if no deal agreed, Vardaker says Ireland isn't playing chicken or poker but standing by their position and doesn't think no deal will happen, wants extension but acknowledges EU would want it with a purpose.

Juncker remarks "you need two to dance tango. I know how to dance, ok?" but later says meetings with May went well. Ellwood thinks May could extend article 50 and time for ERG to pay May back for her support, Poland PM Mateusz Morawiecki says May hasn't asked him to support any specific change yet and fears no deal is more and more a real possibility. Rutte warns "we are sleep walking into no deal scenario. It's unacceptable and your best friends have to warn you. Wake up. This is real. come to a conclusion and close the deal.", would accept an additional interpretation of divorce deal, would need reason for extending article 50. Tusk says extending article 50 would be rational

-Papers talking of Brexit delay with Times saying civil service looking at Brexit hardship fund for those hit by Brexit (I didn't see that on side of bus)

-Gardiner questions (aside from Berger) if anti-Semitism had a serious role in people leaving and has no time for them at all, accuses Umunna of leaving because he was not going to be Labour leader, deeply saddened by Berger having to leave but only a small number and Labour making strides on the issue (he goes into detail in clip here). Umunna says shadow cabinet have failed to hold Corbyn to account on anti-Semitism, doesn't know if Corbyn is personally anti-Semitic but there are questions about his actions and the party is institutionally anti-Semitic, Lansmann says Labour has underestimated anti-Semitism problem and says it is a major problem but disagrees Labour is instiationally anti-Semitic and Corbyn taking personal charge of cases would be an error. Watson to personally log and monitor all complaints of anti-Semitic abuse

-Umunna says he had personally threatened by Corbyn supporters and police had to be involved

-Defence Committee says government failing on providing mental health care to armed forces

-I suspect both the EU and the Arab League will be a tad annoyed their first joint summit was taken up by Brexit

-Hezbollah to be banned

-Dr Poulter wins libel action against Sunday Times after they made serious accusations

-UK and US reach derivates deal to keep it after Brexit, huge win for City of London

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-Scottish Lib Dem leader Willie Rennie senses some in Scottish Tories and Scottish Labour wish to leave and is willing to talk to them, Swinson says Scottish Independence would be even worse then Brexit and SNP need to learn from Brexit at how difficult such separations turn out to be

-Morgan urges Tories remain a broad church

-Labourlist polls members about the split

-Umunna says Corbyn is as bad as May and he can't back him for PM, Swinson doesn't rule out electoral pact with Independent group

-Blair says Scotland may have gone independent by now if not for devolution and regrets not increasing cultural alignment but Brexit has relight the fires

-Soubry says she will consider contempt proceedings if government doesn't publish no deal papers in time but government says they will be published soon

-Davis doubts May will last another year, feels if leadership was decided in any business decided chief executive then he would become Tory leader

-Lord Hesltine says those opposed to no deal should resign from cabinet if May won't extend article 50, Annie Marie Morris fears May is going to propose a customs union

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-James Lansdale on foreign policy post Brexit

-Kuessenberg on May's announced date

-Aditya Chakrabortty (before referendum announcement) Labour should oppose Brexit
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:33 pm

-May says if her deal is defeated again, March 13th will see binding votes on no deal , if fails then on 14th extending article 50, will be seen as a win for the Remainers and soft Brexiteers in her party, apparently Leadsom accuses the Remainer 3 of betrayal and Brexiteer cabinet members furoius with the three (but Corbyn's declaration also upset Brexiter members of his cabinet as did Watson's recent interviews, showing the difficulty both leaders having). Not been said what happens if MP's manage to farcically vote against both (given parliament's handling of Brexit, odds on this happening?), promises every time EU upgrade workers rights then Parliament will vote on if to adopt such measures. May says both sides working on N.Ireland alternatives, makes clear she doesn't want to extend article 50 (also won't say which way she will whip) and would only be seeking till end of June at latest. May also used the term "Simples" in Commons.

Cooper says she doesn't trust May's promises on this but with Boles and Letwin seeming to agree with May it does seem like her amendment will be defeated, Rees-Mogg says a short delay won't encourage voting for May's deal )later says any delay is unacceptable).

-No deal briefing summary published: flow of goods through Dover would be “very significantly reduced for months”, food prices likely increase with consumer behaviour risking making shortages worse, little evidence business is prepared and customs checks alone could get cost them £13 billion a year, civil service can't begin to work out how business would adapt to tariffs that would hit some sectors hard, N.Ireland business particularly could go bust, Schengen checks could apply to UK travellers to Europe.

-Tories happily going with the inevitable betraying will of people with Labour's second referendum announcement and Corbyn playing political games with Brexit, Thornberry and sir Stramer says Remain should be option and Labour should back it, SNP and Lib Dems demanding Labour have Remain as an option, Powell thinks there will be about 25 rebels against referendum. Turns out we have the wrong kind of palettes if no deal as third party ones need to be heat treated and the ones we have prepared with are not! Carney warns we don't have enough warehouse space for stockpiling needed, Bank of England prepares liquidity auctions every week to helps banks brace for Brexit, Harrington, Claire Perry and Margot James said they would resign if May doesn't rule out no deal with Harrington said it will need to be more then warm words but May's statement seems to have reassured them. Hinds worries extending article 50 solves nothing, Blackford says SNP preparing MEP candidates, ERG holding meeting tonight, business groups not overly happy but more fear no deal with Vauxhall warning they may have to go "to the dark side" ie closures and firings if no deal. Fed Chair Jerome Powell says Brexit and trade disputes are the big uncertainties in world economy

-Bercow makes clear Javid is making political judgement and not following law or parliamentary rules when he refuses to comment on Shamima Begum case

-Papers on referendum, winter heat wave and Brexit split

-Professor Dame Sally Davies, our chief medical officer backs junk food advert curbs

-Attorney General's Office says Fiona Onasanya sentence was not unduly lenient, she has been released after a month

-The International Court of Justice asks UK to return Chagos Islands to Mauritius, UK does not seem keen to follow the advice.

-Carney admits BME's experience at the bank is poor, warns extending article 50 isn't as good as a deal, uncertainty will continue in phase 2 of talks, "If we come back in May and there's no deal I guarantee you we will come back with a lower growth forecast", ordinary people aren't stockpiling but aren't buying big ticket items. Collapse of sterling won't help growth

-Labour party officials not pleased that Williamson booked room in parliament to screen a film that dismisses anti-Semitism accusations about Labour and the twice suspended Jackie Walker as a witch hunt

-Independent group being nicknamed TIG which I might use in future

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-Plaid via their Brexit spokesperson Hywell Williams says Corbyn has been dragged kicking and screaming towards second referendum and is still prevaricating, Blair not confident that parliament will back referendum, Vara and Braverman oppose Cooper/Letwin amendment as a Brexit blocker. Mann says Corbyn's decision is absurd and will be as bad as Clegg+tuition fees, Nandy, Lammy and Flint give their views, Philips in tears as she urges May to be brave and vote against no deal.

-Dr Woolostan once backed bill that those that defect must go to by-election, Shuker becomes group's convenor, Soubry and Dr Woolostan indicate they would back Umunna for leader

-Lansmann welcomes Watson's social democrat grouping as helps pluralism

-Farage suggests Brexiteers boycott a referendum that is between Remain and May's deal to delegitimise it

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-Adler EU attitudes after this week talks and summit

-Simon Jenkins wants Brexit delay

-Kuessenberg warns Remainers not to be too excited by Labour backing referendum

-Toynbee on Brexit

-Patrick Kielty says N.Ireland needs a second referendum or else it will leave

-Matt Singh with research saying centre isn't where Westminster thinks

-Tom Slater not happy with Corbyn's decision

-Seinna Rodgers the result of Labour's decision is uncertain
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Sun Fin » Wed Feb 27, 2019 8:45 am

I suspect that if Corbyn doesn't come down hard on Williamson then a few more Labour MPs might jump ship.

I'm also just despairing of the Brexit situation. I can't see any way out of this mess except crashing out with a no deal doing who knows how much damage to the economy. It is pretty bleak right now.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Feb 27, 2019 12:50 pm

Sun Fin wrote:I suspect that if Corbyn doesn't come down hard on Williamson then a few more Labour MPs might jump ship.

I'm also just despairing of the Brexit situation. I can't see any way out of this mess except crashing out with a no deal doing who knows how much damage to the economy. It is pretty bleak right now.


Williamson would, if another person, be seemingly trying to troll. I just think he is a jerk and a zealot who believes Corbynites can do no wrong and ergo any claims to the contrary are wrong, Corbyn and co are more experts on anti-Semitism then Jews (which feels like a common enough attitude in Labour ranks right now). He would be, give how vocal he is, a good sacrificial lamb for Corbyn to seem like he is trying and rid himself of an embrassment

I think we either crash out at end of March or delay three months, discover EU is rather sick of us and crash out then. I'm not confident parliament can get a sense of unity or realism any time soon.
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:54 pm

-Fury as Williamson says Labour is too apologetic on anti-Semitism and Labour was being deliberately "demonised as a racist, bigoted party" as party has backed off and been too compromising, for which the Mometum meeting gave him a lot of applause. Footage came out 6pm yesterday, Labour by PMQ's (so more then 12 hours later) had suggested an apology and that was it so Williamson did so, promising to be more considered but he is still downplaying anti-Semitism, the apology didn't work, news that Lavery hugged Williamson in meeting also not helping. Labour then declared Williamson will be investigated but won't be suspended, a courtesy not given to other MP's. At 2pm Labour MP's took action, calling for suspension and barring Williamson from PLP meetings despite Corbyn's office making clear they didn't want that to happen. At 5pm so before it reached 24 hour mark, Labour suspend Williamson having taken near 24 hours and constantly seeking lesser routes forward. Then wonder why no major Jewish groups trusts Labour on anti-Semitism, won't be helped by sense in Westminster that MP's forced Corbyn to do this and that even then only the TIG meant Corbyn feared more defections so acted. Williamson vows to clear his name as he believes there is no evidence against him

Watson calls it deliberately inflammatory, says whip should already be removed (by PMQ's) and apology is long winded filled with caveats, Berger remarks "This is what I have left behind. It's toxic. Our country deserves so much better.". Streeting predicted nothing would happen but welcomed Labour getting there eventually, Creasy "Yesterday Chris Williamson complained about a toxic culture in Labour. I told him about the toxic culture anti Semitism created and why had to be expunged not ignored. Those who perpetuate it or minimise it bring the party into disrepute. No ifs, no buts.", Ruth Smeeth says Williamson is a notorious Jew baiter, Corbyn supporters tweeting #IstandwithChrisWilliamson. Powell argues to Williamson “You have been touring the country whipping up conspiracy theories which are antisemitic and foster antisemitism.”

After suspension was announced, Burden "The depth of offence Chris Williamson’s words and actions have caused is profound. Labour is right to suspend him pending investigation. Vital now that the investigation is both thorough and that it takes place expeditiously" Pollard "There is no place for anti-semitism in the Labour Party or in our society. Standing up to hate when peddled by our opponents is easy. Standing up to hate when it comes from people on your own side is harder and takes courage. Labour was right to suspend Chris Williamson today."

Sun Fin and I have clearly given Labour way too much credit.

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-May urges parliament to do it's duty and he sees progress in talks, sir Stramer says if May's deal (he doesn't expect much change from May's talks) passes Labour want to go to referendum and their referendum would be Remain vs some sort of deal, Rees-Mogg admits he is shifting on backstop to time limit in appendix would work for him, Blackford wants article 50 extension till autumn to allow for second referendum. DUP says extending article 50 will make it harder to get backstop changes, Macron says no extending unless a clear objective but Merkel says she isn't opposed to a little more time. Romania’s minister for European affairs said George Ciamba (Romania currently hold EU presidency) says they are preparing for no deal but are becoming more optimistic of a deal amidst talks of delay, Corbyn writes to every MP including Tories asking for backing on amendment, Lidington says no deal would be chaotic and if EU disagrees with extension timetable then government would come back to Commons. Cooper says May only accepted her ideas due to pressure of MP's, Verhofdsat says any extension should only be a couple of months

-Bercow selects five Brexit amendments, the usual Labour (do Labour's deal, defeated by 83) and SNP (rule out no deal, lost by 36) ones, Spelmen/Dromey one seeking time to debate Cooper/Letwin (pulled), Costa's one that has led to his sacking and confusion (see below, passed on the nod), Cooper (government backed but hardcore Brexiteers made a stand, not a good stand as they lost by 482 having mustered 20 votes)

-Alberto Costa ousted as PPS to Mundell after his amendment on protecting EU citizen rights caused farcical scenes where Javid said government was backing it when asked by home affairs select committee, was told no it wasn't and asked where they heard that, only to be told from the PM. Eventually government agrees to back it but Costa resigned as not supposed to amend government bills when on government payroll, Barclay says they will write to EU to see if they will agree to it even in no deal.

-National Crime Agency warn migrants assume UK won't send them back

-No deal papers says economy could be hit by up to 9%, Soubry says summary was not what was promised but it is accurate

-Tad sorry for South East Cornwall MP Sheryll Murray who was going to get married on Brexit day

-Some confusion on if Labour support Hezbollah ban with some on backbenches unhappy with shadow minister Thomas-Symonds questioning the evidence

-I'm very worried at how warm this February has been and what it will be like in 20 years

-Treasury Committee concerned at the impact of finances of those who used Wonga when it collapsed

-Public Accounts Committee says rail passengers have been hit by government poor handling of railways and will get worse

-Tories got four times more donations then Labour in final quarter of last year (£ 7.4 million compared to 1.6 million)

-Grayling in wrong voting lobby, almost voted for Labour's amendment

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-Davies says May has capitulated to blackmail, she should ignore mutinies ministers who are wrongly having a panic about no deal, Sir Leigh indicate similarly to Rees-Mogg about backstop

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-Gavin Stamp on Brexit timing

-Behr no such thing as "clean Brexit"

-Kuessenberg on what changed on Tuesday

-Zoe Williams celebrates Labour backing second referendum

-Beth Rigby on a victorious week for TIG

-Freeland on Williamson's controversial history with Jewish community
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Re: UK Politics

Unread postby Dong Zhou » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:08 pm

Farming Minister George Eustice resigns over extending article 50 vote, says he will back May's deal, can understand some are worried about leaving but fears extension could see EU dictating things. Praises May's handling of things but feels some of her ministers have undermined her and questions of parliament has courage, has good relations with European Commission but feels they haven't acted honourably on Brexit, says if no deal then EU would offer a nine month transition. Will be a concern for May as, once of UKIP and a committed leaver, he is seen as a Brexit pragmatist with other Brexiteers apparently unhappy with Tuesday events and May has treated him warmly in her acceptance letter.

-First time May won every Brexit vote in a session this year, ERG clearly split on what is happening with only 20 rebelling, 88 abstaining and Francois seen going "what the..." when division was called. Norway's Sovereign Fund says it will spend in UK no matter Brexit result, Prince William calls for calm, McDonnell thinks second referendum has a chance of happening. Alberto Costa says better late then never on government backing the amendment that cost him his job, EU rules out the Costa amendment as they oppose such mini-deals (so May was right to warn this would happen)

-Watson on being asked if Corbyn is fit to be PM "He could easily be Prime Minister, but of course people… you know we could do without the anti-Semitism.’" Not the most ringing endorsement I have ever heard. Promises tougher rules on online gambling including limits to how much can be bet, Berger resigning was Labour's biggest day of shame in their entire history, will meet with Corbyn on Monday to discuss anti-Semitism, fears Williamson has become deliberately inflammatory of late. Says he is Labour deputy leader rather then Corbyn's deputy leader, expects Williamson case to take weeks rather then months

-Papers focus on Cohen, Prince William or Williamson

-Hinds says no evidence tuition fees put people off going to university but wants regulator to do more on encouraging diversity

-Abbott on government view on immigration

-McDonald denies some in Corbyn's camp opposed the suspension of Williamson

-Lowest EU migration for ten years but migration figures to UK stays roughly same as UK turns elsewhere to fill holes with highest non-EU migration in 15 years (I'm not sure this is quite what most Brexiteers voted for, I wonder what the long term reaction will be if this stays the same)

-Newport West byelection, due to the death of late Paul Flynn, on April 4th

-Sir Sedwill says too much is leaked from cabinet and break down in confidentially, will be TV adverts explaining what no deal means

-Greece Foreign Ministry does a Brexit Q&A website

-MP's salary to rise by 2.7% to £79,468 in April

-Government seeking to reassure Ireland over talks of a beef trade war

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-Dame Hodge says Williamson's history and current climate met he needed to be suspended immediately, relived Labour got there in the end, Hodge says Labour isn't instuationally anti-Semitic but leadership is the problem

-Francois rages against establishment and remain ministers, Flint urges Labour not to go for second referendum but Remainer Mp's like Lammy and Owen Smith saying now is the time for Labour to do so, Onwurah Remainers are alienating too many and need to learn lessons, Leave Means Leave to do a march from Sunderland to London ending on 29th March, Boris says no deal may be best option.

-Bone's joking suggestion that cabinet leaks so much it should be on TV brought laughter to Commons

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-Kettle says changing times means Remain is a real possibility

-Katherine Chibah calls for byelections for TIG

-Matt Singh how we would likely vote in next European elections
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